Best and worst surprises

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  1. Centered

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    What string really surprised you by being really good and vice-versa?

    Best: Babolat VS 17
    Worst: some type of 16 gauge kevlar

    Please limit this to one best and one worst. (Superlatives.)
     
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  2. dekko1

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    Best-> Toalson Cyberblade Thermaxe
    Worst-> Pacific X force 18
     
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  3. ClubHoUno

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    Best: Babolat VS 17 (always thought I would break VS 17 just by looking at it, so stuck with VS 16, to my surprise it's pretty durable for my strokes and game)

    Worst: Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour 1.25 full job. Just not for me.......... Too stiff even at low tension. Lost tension too fast, even for a poly. Lack of feel and lack of joy.
     
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  4. rudester

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    Best was Spin X and Hyperion
    Worst was MSV Focus Hex
     
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  5. JoelDali

    JoelDali G.O.A.T.

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    Best: Red17 Wilson Prototype - what an awesome string in an 88.

    Worst: G Black Magic and Lux Adrenaline - dead, no feel, both are garbage strings.
     
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  6. Standupnfall

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    Best: Maxim touch 17g for $5 a set

    Worst: MSV hex , too much hype for no feel and arm pain
     
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  7. rlee7777

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    Best: Weisscannon Silverstring

    Worst: Gamma strings :(
     
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  8. David123

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    best: Hyperion mains NRG2 crosses
    Worst: full luxy
     
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  9. Preston

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    Best: Pro Supex Syngut with Sprial Flex: $45 for a reel! This string has excellent feel and control along with decent durability relative to other synguts.

    Worst: Proline 2
     
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  10. Centered

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    I've found one thing that really helps is using light balls. A university club I used to go to used Wilson Titanium balls and they would ruin a new VS 17 job very quickly. But, I use lighter balls like Penn ATP regular duty and that seems to definitely help with longevity.
     
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  11. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

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    Best: Maxim Touch, great feel and great price.

    Worst: Lux BBO, expensive and no feeling.
     
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  12. ODYSSEY Mk.4

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    Best: MSV Hepta
    Worst: Pro Hurricane
     
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  13. Lambsscroll

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    Best: Tecnifibre X-One Biphase 17 or 16 String
    Worst: Head RIP Control 16 String. Just thinking about this string sucks!
     
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  14. Fedfan1995

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    best: head sonic pro-nothing compares! ive tried so many others!
    worst: signum pro poly plasma-super stiff, no spin, no feel, and expecially no power whatsoever( even for a poly)!
     
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  15. Pwned

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    Best: SpinX
    Worst: SPPP - broke on stringer once and once after 3rd ball. Never had any other strings break including 8 sets of gaucho gut.
     
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  16. T1000

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    Best: Black Magic
    I thought the feel was better than most of the multis I've tried.

    Worst: Pro Line II
    Worst string ever made. An absolute garbage string. No feel, power, spin, anything
     
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  17. fgs

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    t1000,
    what gauge of the pro line II did you play? at what tension?
    i played the 1.25 at 23kg and had quite a lot of power in my 106 blades. of course we could "argue" about feel and spin and even control (of which in my set-up there was some missing), but since i had to spin it much more to keep it in i'd say the string does have some power. it's ok if you don't like it, i also found better ones.
     
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  18. T1000

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    I used 16g, 17g, and 18g all at various tensions, between 45-60 lbs. I got them in a sponsorship deal and hated it every time. It played dead from the start.
     
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  19. AllDownTheLine

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    Worst X-1 Bi Phase
    Best NRG2

    Poly
    Worst Topspin Cyberblue I decided to cut it out after 5 shots
    Best Lux Alu Power 16L I can't believe that hitting a tennis ball can be that better with this string, but it is!
     
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  20. You have nearly the exact opposite list as me haha. Kinda funny. Though I don't think I'd list either of them as "best" or "worst" I certainly have 180 degree opinions from this. :p
     
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  21. Centered

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    Interesting. I didn't expect that there would be such a difference between them.
     
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  22. David123

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    yeah theres actaully a big difference i was playing way better with Redcode mains and NRG2 crosses than x-1 crosses. Balls were flying into the net or out with x-1 i liked NRG2 better. I am so happy that i liked NRG2 better. The reel is way cheaper :p
     
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  23. Centered

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    Maybe a thicker gauge or a higher tension would have made it play more like NRG?
     
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  24. T1000

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    Haha I think I'm the only person on the boards who hates Pro Line II, I've only heard positive things about it and all my friends who play tennis love it.
     
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  25. fgs

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    t1000,
    there's a long way inbetween love and hate. i don't hate it, but i don't love it either. nevertheless i find it a pretty reasonable string in it's pricerange. it doesn't take much more to find better though - for instance helix from the kirschbaum line.
     
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  26. AllDownTheLine

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    I didn't either which is why I bought both. I have one more set of Bi Phase that's been sitting around for a year. I was thinking of trying them again but
    I don't want to waste them. I found almost no control and way too powerful. Balls were flying!
     
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  27. autumn_leaf

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    well strings do keep their price fairly well. just sell or trade them.
     
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  28. THESEXPISTOL

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    Best surprise: Gosen Micro 17 and polystar energy
    Worst surprise: ALU Power
     
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  29. Dominik

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    Best: setup in my signature

    Worst: Pro Hurricane Tour... Totally stiff and overall ugly playability.
     
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  30. Centered

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    String tighter.
     
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  31. Uvijek Argen

    Uvijek Argen Semi-Pro

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    Best surprise: Genesis Typhoon
    Worst surprise: MSV Focus Hex
     
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  32. David123

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    No set up in ur signature lol btw what club do you play at? you live close to me.
     
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  33. Ripper014

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    Based on the reviews from the board...

    Best: Maxim Touch 17 and Pro Supex Big Bang Micro 18L
    - Great blend either alone or hybrid in either combination

    Worse: Gosen OG-Sheep Micro 17 and Gosen Polylon Ice 17
    - Though priced right these strings are overrated IMHO
     
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  34. David123

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    are you serious? this is based on the boards? cuz the baorders say gosen OGSM is amazing.
     
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  35. Travis Fong

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    Best: Gosen 17 OG sheep micro
    Worst: Wilson Stamina

    Gosen is brilliant if strung in a hybrid.

    I play with Gamma ZO magic at 62 in the mains and Gosen 17 at 62 in the crosses. I havent played with gosen full bed but i imagine that it is very mushy.
     
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  36. Shaolin

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    Topspin cyberflash: Cheap and has lots of positives. Great spin, durable, holds tension, doesnt move.

    HEAD ultratrour has also never let me down.

    Worst:

    Babolat 5 Star: There are no words to express how bad this string sucked. I dont think its made anymore, thank god.

    MSV Focus Hex: No idea how/why this stuff is so hyped.

    SPPP: Excellent, awesome string, for the 15 minutes it lasts. It actually broke it once in 3 hits.

    Prince DNA helix: Breaks easily, even by syn gut standards. I think it would break just by looking at it and imagining hitting the ball hard.
     
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  37. Ambivalent

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    Wrong. Full Gosen bed is pretty crispy. I tried it in my kblade tour and thats how it felt, at least.
     
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  38. Centered

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    Please try to stick to one best and one worst, unless you break down the strings by type (like poly, kevlar, et cetera).
     
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  39. pheonix6579

    pheonix6579 Semi-Pro

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    Best Surprises: Full Bed of Pro Hurricane Tour 17g

    Worst Surprise: Blue Gear 17g
     
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  40. Ripper014

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    Based on what I read on the board I bought a reel of both... personally I did not care for it, I found it rather average at best. Though I do have one person I string for that does not mind it, but he is using a large head frame and I don't think it matters nearly as much as long as the tension is right.

    The Maxim Touch 17 and Pro Supex Big Ace Micro 18L I find are very nice player strings. I am an all-round player and need good touch with solid feel and I find this hybrid has provided me that, I am not worried about power or spin because I can generate that, for me it is all about playability... and this combo has it in spades.

    I am very happy using these two strings in a hybrid blend but I am alway testing something new if I think it may play a little better.
     
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  41. tray999

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    Best: Gamma Zo Pro Spin 16

    Worst: Head Synthetic Gut PPS 16
     
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  42. Autodidactic player

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    Best shaped Poly: Black Code 18g
    Best smooth Poly: Pro Line II 18g

    Worst Poly: ALU Power Rough 16g (This stuff plays terrible in my Wilson Six.One BLX team but played OK in my old Prince Precision Response); close runner up MSV Hex 17g

    Best non-Poly: Gamma Pro 18g (close runner up Weiss Cannon Exploviv! 16g - if only it was available in a thinner gauge).

    Best value non-poly: Prince Topspin Duraflex 15L (Wish it came thinner)

    Worst non-poly: Head FXP Power (tried 16g and 17g did not like either)
     
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  43. Shaolin

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    So sorry

    :roll: :roll:
     
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  44. SlapShot

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    Best surprise - POSG Gold 17. Plays really well for the pricetag - not the best by any means, but better than $3.

    Worst surprise - Gamma Revelation. Yuck. Terrible string - cut it out after one hitting session.
     
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